A goal in the dying minutes of the game by Obonwe Maome secured victory for Gaborone United as they beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs 2-1 in the first leg match of the inaugural Super Cup on Friday night. Ronald Chikomo had scored for United on the hour mark cancelling out Kekaetswe Moloi's first half strike before Maome sealed the win for the Coca-Cola champions. The match saw the return of two of the country's top strikers in Moemedi 'Jomo' Moatlhaping and Jerome 'JJ' Ramatlhakwana after botched stay in South African leagues.
Moatlhaping, who last turned out for Chiefs before transferring to South African First Division outfit Polokwane City (formerly Bay United) last year was marking his debut for Gaborone United on Friday. The much-travelled striker have now played for the country's top three clubs having made a name at Township Rollers almost six years ago. He also had a stint at Silver Stars (currently Platinum Stars) in the Absa Premier League during the 2006-2007 season.
Ramatlhakwana on the other hand was returning to club action after staying close to two seasons without any after leaving Cape Town Santos where he struggled for game time. Both strikers were subsequently substituted in the second half. Moatlhaping had very little action playing wide with coach Major David Bright preferring Zambian Makundika Sakala at the target man upfront. Ramatlhakwana on the other hand was playing as the second man behind last season top scorer Moloi and created a couple of chances. Former Rollers midfielder Amos Godirwang and former Police XI winger David Makakaba also debuted for Chiefs. Makakaba had his initial debut annulled after the Premier League disciplinary committee ruled him a defaulter, a move that resulted in Chiefs losing points in the league.
Meanwhile Chiefs had the upper hand on attack in the first half of the match played in a slippery pitch following downpours earlier on the day. Phenyo Mongala, who had struggled to regain his form since returning from South Africa, showed glimpses of his former self with some brilliant touches and good delivery of crosses. He provided the cross for Moloi's goal in the 22nd minute following a brilliant run down the left flank. Moloi tapped in a rebound after Joseph Maposa saved his initial header.
Chiefs would continue creating chances that they failed to convert. Both sides made changes in the second half with GU introducing Tebogo Sembowa upfront, while former Nico United top man, Tendai Ndoro came in for Pontsho Moloi who had a quite day in the field. United started dominating proceedings in the middle of the park and creating chances.Chikomo brilliantly received a pass from the middle and chipped over Mompoloki Sephekolo to level the score.